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Blog: A Walk in the Park

Blog: A Walk in the Park

Cathy Steel and her crew will be walking for a cause this weekend. Steel, head of the Steel Associates public relations firm, is the leader of the Gift for Life/Stationery Show team of more than 25 walkers who will participate in AIDS Walk New York this Sunday. Some of the team will be part ofMore »

Blog: HGTV Brings Home Line to Atlanta

Blog: HGTV Brings Home Line to Atlanta

The HGTV lifestyle is brought to life in its newest pop-up shop, which HFN visited last week in Phipps Plaza, an upscale mall in Atlanta. There, through June 4, HGTV loyalists can see products from all of its home licenses—including furniture from Bassett, area rugs from Shaw and lighting from ELK, among other categories—set upMore »

Blog: No Plugs Needed for These Portable Lamps

Blog: No Plugs Needed for These Portable Lamps

Only the need for light—not an outlet—is required for the new Modern Lantern cordless lamps from husband and wife team Stephen and Carrie Fitzwater. Instead of electricity, these lamps run on a rechargeable 12V Li-Ion battery, which powers an LED bulb that’s equivalent to a 35 watt incandescent bulb. But they have the look ofMore »

Blog – J.C. Penney: So Sorry

J.C. Penney

In a truly out-of-the-ordinary move, J.C. Penney has officially apologized to the world for the past year’s worth of changes and missteps, which apparently drove away a huge block of its customer base. Its means for delivering this message is a commercial that can now be seen on YouTube. Featuring easy-listening music with pianos andMore »

The Star Treatment

The Star Treatment

Last month we talked about the wrong way to use a celebrity’s endorsement.  Now let’s talk about the right way—because, let’s face it, celebrity endorsements sell. Endorsement agreements contain many of the same provisions you would find in any contract; the trick with celebrities is to make things as explicit as humanly possible (and toMore »

Crazy for JCP

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Remember Crazy Eddie? Back in the ’80s, the New York-based consumer electronics chain was known for its loudmouthed spokesperson, presumably Crazy Eddie himself. In ubiquitous television and radio ads, Eddie would proclaim at the top of his lungs that his prices were “insaaaaaaane!” J.C. Penney, suffering from a long hangover of too much Ron Johnson,More »

Blog: Madison’s April in NY

Blog: Madison’s April in NY

Program your DVR for the The Katie Show on May 1. That’s when Madison’s April in New York, one of Cru’s most inspirational dinnerware designs, will be featured on a segment with Sandra Lee and Vanna White. The pattern was designed by a talented young girl named Madison who envisioned New York in bloom inMore »

Blog: Tabletop Vendors Go for Gold in New York

Blog: Tabletop Vendors Go for Gold in New York

Gold is the metal of choice among tabletop vendors presenting their wares at market this week. Yellow gold, often with a matte finish, decorates goods in all categories, from dinnerware to glassware to flatware. Lacey designs, Scandinavian influences and the color combinations of black and white and blue and white also dominated showroom displays. PrimaMore »